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Title: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2010, 08:11:53 PM

This is a topic for discussion & fotos of Nest #22 Helliwell.
Nest #22 Helliwell is in Helliwell Provincial Park.

Here is Doug*s map of the nests of Hornby Island for reference.


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Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 08, 2010, 08:18:03 PM
Today i was walking along the bluffs of Helliwell.
You can see the bluffs in the second foto of luvthebirds*s post here.
CLICK here & scroll to second foto (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=343.msg16767#msg16767)
Suddenly off in the distance going out over the water i saw a HUGE wingspan dipping down towards the water!
Was it an Eagle???
i hurried to catch a glimpse of them rising back up into the sky.
But there was no sign of them.
Then i saw a huge wingtip not thirty feet from me!
The eagle had landed on the edge of the bluff!
As i got closer, the Eagle took off from the bluff.
The Eagle was an immature or juvenile eagle, by their colouring!!
They landed in the top of a tree, way off in the distance.
i heard trilling coming from behind me.
Two adult eagles flew over my head & behind me, one right next to the other.
i assumed they were a pair til the one closer to the ground turned upside down & reached for the other with their talons & feet!
Seemed these two were actually in competition, somehow.
As we walked further along, i got a nice glimpse of the young eagle, perched in the top of a fir tree, looking around.
So, lots of action at Helliwell today.
i am surprised to see such a young eagle here, at this time of the year.
 
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: gzebear on November 09, 2010, 04:53:48 AM
booni, maybe this is a question for ajl - was their flight activity an act of aggression or will an eagle pair 'play' that way in the air? I've read that they do but ajl's word would be more reliable.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2010, 08:41:23 AM


gzebear, i too would like to know the answer to that question!!
i am assuming it was aggression, but maybe it is part of pair bonding or exercising or play?
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: luvthebirds on November 09, 2010, 09:33:46 AM
Bonnie, what a wonderful sighting and experience for you!  :biggrin3. Boy, if the eagle came that close to me, I probably  would have fallen off the trail.  :eclol

I wonder if one of the adults you saw was the one who posed for me in that area??

I once saw red tails doing something similar to what you described.  Wondered at the time it was fighting or foreplay or play.

Booni, didn't you get a picture last year of Hope "taking" fish from Dad's talons?  Or did I dream that?  :puzzled2
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: winterwren on November 09, 2010, 11:20:47 AM
I've watched the #2 nest eagles lock talons, drop together, then separate at the last moment before hitting the ground. This was always in February or early March, close to egg time. I've assumed that this was courtship.

When I see eagles show talons as part of territorial defense, they don't seem to lock and drop - mostly they don't even touch. Another difference is that they then fly away from each other.

A lot of birds use the same type of gestures for courtship and territorial defense. The context imbues the behaviour with different meanings.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: boonibarb on November 09, 2010, 09:18:42 PM
luv, i think Doug saw a Hope-like eagle chase Dad down & steal his fish last year?
During the herring spawn, i saw a sub-adult chase Mum down & take her fish.
There are fotos somewhere...

Here is a foto of a sub adult/immature eagle stealing Mum*s fish last season!

march 3 2010 16:45:50 - Mum is chased down by a young eagle wanting her fish!!


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Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: winterwren on May 17, 2011, 11:53:43 PM

Today, instead of working in my garden and doing housework like I was supposed to do, I played hooky and went to Heliwell Park instead, to check on the eagles and photograph the wildflowers.

I spent a half hour watching Nest 22. Just as I was arriving, someone landed on a branch above the nest, almost hidden from where I was standing. This adult eagle stayed there for maybe ten minutes, then flew off. I could see nothing in the nest.

Then I went walking around Heliwell. A few times I heard calls, high and low, from the direction of the nest. So both eagles seem to be accounted for.

In the late afternoon I passed by this site again, so I set up my camera to have another look. Again there seemed to be no movement in the nest... Until...

Oh, it was so subtle.
 
Sometimes all it takes to make my day is just a glimpse of white feathers.

Yes, there was someone on the nest all that time! Someone who is not moving much.

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Click on the picture and look carefully to the right of the tree trunk, just above the rim of the nest...
Then click again and look closer...
An eye is staring right at me!

So I'm pretty sure there are some eggs or even a hatchling or two in this nest.
 :ecsmile

Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 18, 2011, 12:03:58 AM
Wren, wonderful sighting!  It does look as if someone is sitting on eggs or chicks, doesn't it?!   :eclove
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 15, 2011, 09:06:56 AM
i received a *Wildlife Concerns* call after we returned from checking out the Seal pup.
Someone walking their dog in Helliwell had seen a young Eagle standing on the path.
They had something weird with the left(?) wing, & also seemed to walk funny.
They were standing right there on the path, & only moved off to the side about two feet as the woman approached with her dog.
wren & i went out to look for them just before dark.
We saw no sign of them.
We also saw a couple who had just walked by & they had not seen him either.

Brave wren got up early this morning & hiked for an hour in that area, looking for the downed young Eagle.
She saw no sign of him.
She also ran into someone who walks there regularly, & will keep an eye out for him & report to us.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: watermaid on August 15, 2011, 12:01:41 PM
I hope that you and Wren will find and rescue this bird quickly.  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: birdvoyer on August 15, 2011, 12:38:18 PM
Thanks boonib for the post and wren for going back to look. It is encouraging that there were not as many 'downed eaglet' reports this year as last year by this time.

I know that HEART will keep us posted.
  :wub
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: boonibarb on August 15, 2011, 10:39:56 PM

There were two more possible sighting of this *downed* Eaglet, all by the same person!
The next two times, the youngster was seen walking next to a pond, looking a bit wet.
Next thing, he was flying away!
He was seen again, later today, in a cedar perch tree near the pond again.
Perhaps he is the youngster from nearby Nest #21?
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 16, 2011, 03:07:58 AM
It's heart-warming that people on Hornby Island call you when they see a bird of animal that may need help... :thumbup:
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: winterwren on August 16, 2011, 12:41:39 PM
I dunno...

Another report, from Heliwell Park, within 300 metres of the first sighting... Eaglet down on the ground, has let someone approach to within six feet before flapping, and even then not taking off. No sign of injury, but we're talking about a close approach twice.

I'm thinking that the eaglet by the pond might be a different one. From nest 21?

I'm in contact with MARS and we're making an action plan right now.

 :ecsad

Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 12:47:14 PM
Which nest was it that had two eaglets, and one's feathers looked off?( am I remembering right?)

Two close encounters, one with a dog close, is definitely worrying.  :sad
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: winterwren on August 16, 2011, 06:55:03 PM
MARS has a new patient.

In the early afternoon I returned to the site of the last sighting, with instructions to catch this eaglet if I could. I had company: the two summer visitors who had spotted the eagle this morning, Chris and Kurt, had volunteered to help me, an offer I took up gratefully since Booni was unavailable. They took me to the spot of their last sighting.

There, after a bit of searching I found a small poop-shot. Already dried, scant, opaque white with very little feces; and that little black spot ringed was with greenish.

The eagle was of course nowhere to be seen.
We looked all around for a while. Then Chris said, "Bet you I can track him."
Good luck, I thought. Tracking a bird?

But a couple of minutes later he called me over.
He was right: there were shuffle tracks leading a hundred feet to a small clearing...

And there was our bird: just as I had guessed, a newly-fledged eaglet. This would have to be the one from Nest 22. This sweet eaglet had not even fleaped: he had walked all the way to this log, leaving scuff marks on the ground most of the way!

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The catch was heartbreakingly easy. My two helpers walked up from behind, the eaglet hopped to the ground near me, and in a second the catch net was on him and I had a hand on him.

There were no adult eagles around.

Here he is in Chris's arms, with a hood from Mishi's grandmothers. You can see the hood is way too big; but it served for the exam and the ten-minute walk back to the truck. I removed it once the eaglet was safely in a covered cage. (I'll know to use a smaller size next time.)

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I examined him and found no broken bones, but lots and lots of parasites, an empty crop, and a terribly prominent keel. He was so thin! Carrying him was like carrying air.

By 4 pm he was in good hands; a volunteer from MARS met me at Buckley Bay. He is now at MARS, has been tube-fed his first meal, and will soon get a thorough exam.

I will post any further news from this eaglet in the MARS thread.

Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: cakiepie on August 16, 2011, 07:08:13 PM
Bless you Wren and your helpers!     :pray2
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: watermaid on August 16, 2011, 07:12:46 PM
Oh Wren, I am so glad that with the help of the neighbors you were able to catch young one and get him to the help he needs.  Thank you for the report.  I find the work that you and Boonie do to be so very interesting and heart warming.  :heart 
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: nan2945 on August 16, 2011, 07:15:29 PM
thank you and the visitors for great work..........another save!
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: NancyM on August 16, 2011, 07:22:33 PM
This sweet eaglet had not even fleaped: he had walked all the way to this log, leaving scuff marks on the ground most of the way!

wren, it seems so trivial for me to say "thank you" (and Chris and Kurt) for this rescue - but knowing about the difficulties that new fledglings have continues to be a real eye-opener.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: madrona on August 16, 2011, 07:42:00 PM
Wren - what a moving story.  I have been following this story here, and hoped that you would be able to clear up the mystery and locate the eaglet before it was too late.  I am sad to think that this lovely eaglet was starving.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, wren and booni for persisting and helping - s/he almost certainly would not have survived without your intervention.

Wren, you must be tired - what a long search you had.  Thanks for not giving up - and I do hope that this eaglet will do well at Mars.  

Hmmmm - wonder what we'll name him?   :eclol  (Some variations of Helliwell come to mind)  :eceek  I am sure that honour will be yours and booni's!

ETA:  Helliwell Park is one of my favourite places on Hornby.  Next time I visit there I will think of this eaglet and your search for him.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 07:46:46 PM
We are so grateful to Chris and Kurt for noticing the eagles difficulties and alerting you!  :eclove
 Is it by word of mouth that the people on the island know who to call?

Good work team for the safe catch and transport. Another eaglet in good hands. Does it have a name, nickname?

Looking forward to hearing good reports on this little one.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: Rajame on August 16, 2011, 07:57:12 PM
Wren and Chris and Kurk!

Thank you for your willingness to get involved!  :eclove

The story and pictures tug at my heart. We know that the eaglet is in good hands now and if he/she is to fly free the stay at MARS is just the ticket.

From my heart to yours,
Rajame :hearts2
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: jefferyb on August 16, 2011, 08:14:10 PM
Oh wren, That is so awesome! Poor little birdy :( He is in great hands. Thank you for your actions, your helpers, and MARS! Look forward to hearing updates on this.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: Faerie Gardener on August 16, 2011, 08:44:12 PM
My heart is glad with this great news. Thank you HEART, and thanks to Mishi's elders for making the kit that was used for this rescue  :heart
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: winterwren on August 16, 2011, 09:25:41 PM
This rescue was much easier than Decker's for me, in part because my marching orders were crystal-clear; for this part I thank Maj and Reg from MARS for their kindness, knowledge and patience.

But a big part of the added certainty was this: I had the right gear, and this gear had come to me through love.

I had a big dog carrier that Madrona kindly gave to us.

I had beautiful falconry gloves, a gift from HEG.

I had a fishing net, lined with muslin to prevent feather damage, a gift from Booni.

I had bandaging material to deal with a broken wing if that is what I found, also a gift from HEG - a gift from you all.

Inside these things I felt your support - all of you.

Thank you.

Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: Tigerlady105 on August 16, 2011, 09:30:50 PM
Wren, thank you and Chris and Kurt for rescuing the Helliwell eaglet today.  I'm so glad you had the equipment you needed and help from MARS for the procedures.  As you mentiond, you certainly are not alone on these missions...many hearts are with you when you go on a H.E.A.R.T rescue!   :heart
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 09:31:34 PM
((((wren))))
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: ccfan on August 16, 2011, 09:43:24 PM
(((((Wren, Chris & Kurt))))
(((((HEG, HEART, MARS & NIWRA)))))
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: OpieK on August 16, 2011, 10:55:21 PM
It is so gratifying to see that donations from many watchers played a small part in this rescue.  Thank you Wren for your diligence, being there for us, and sharing the details.  We will look forward to more details of the latest HEART rescue.
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: idahowa on August 16, 2011, 10:55:48 PM
((Wren)) Thank you for your persistence and vision.  You and Booni are a gift to Hornby.  And what an honor for Chris & Kurt to assist.  Their lives will be changed and they'll never forget the experience!
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: NancyM on August 17, 2011, 07:20:37 AM
wren, it is wonderful that you felt the support of all of us  there with you during this rescue - it certainly is clear that your confidence has grown since the day last summer when you rescued Decker. It helps to know that you are doing absolutely the right thing for these creatures.

I had bandaging material to deal with a broken wing if that is what I found, also a gift from HEG - a gift from you all.

Actually, the bandages and other "ready kit" items were a gift from Mishi and the chatters, through the Helping HEART fundraiser that they did earlier this summer.   http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=840.0 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=840.0)
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: eaglett on August 17, 2011, 10:05:19 AM
it makes me feel all fuzzy and warm inside when i read about a great rescue,when people take the time,even with busy lives,to do great things..............thanks HEART!
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: churchlady on August 17, 2011, 04:03:19 PM
Wren....thank you for who you are and all you do!
Title: Re: Nest #22 Helliwell - 2010-2011 season
Post by: mishikeenhquay on August 18, 2011, 06:02:59 AM
Wren, Booni, and Helliwell Helpers
Gitchi Miigwetch....another life has a chance due to the hearts of HEART!!  I honor you all!!  (sorry the hood did not work out so well...will try to make some corrections and make some more)
Again many thanks to you all for all that you do!